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Active Ageing Forum 15th October 2019

This event explored the positive impact being more physically active can have on issues commonly associated with ageing. It also featured presentations and discussions covering principles and possible solutions to overcome barriers and challenges often associated with targeting this audience.

Featured presentations included:

1. Raising the bar on strength and balance: The importance of community-based provision

This presentation delivered by the Centre for Ageing Better presented the models of delivery, issues, barriers and innovative solutions of community-based strength and balance programmes.

2. Loneliness in Later Life

This presentation delivered by Age UK Berkshire presented some of the headlines discovered by research carried out by Age UK, along with potential solutions. Colleagues from Wokingham Borough Council Sport and Leisure provided an outline of the solution they have developed to help tackle this issue locally.

3. Dementia Friendly Sport and Physical Activity guide

Get Berkshire Active's Healthy Communities Manager; Kirsty Heath presented this guide on behalf of the Alzheimers Society which has been developed to inform and educate individuals and organisations so they have a better understanding of dementia and how it affects people.

4. Talk to Me Principles: Supporting you to engage all older people in physical activity

Helen Newberry, Engagement Advisor from the Activity Alliance presented these principles which were developed in partnership with Age UK and utilise learning from the Alliance's 'Get Active Get Outdoors' programme. These principles aim to provide practical ideas, insight and better practice in engaging older people in activity.

This event also featured

  • Round table discussions and action planning on common issues cited when attempting to encourage ageing adults to be more active such as engaging more men.
  • Shake up Activities - short, simple, low cost activity ideas that anyone can replicate within their own setting.

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